When I decided to embark on this nannying adventure, I could hardly imagine how quickly my days would fill up with kids' stuff. I figured there would be plenty of stuffed animals, nursery rhymes, bottles, and diapers out the infant wazoo. I wasn't quite prepared for the familiarity of my own voice as a I talk to a three-month-old with a developing voice box. I've been surprised actually at the modest amount of toys that the baby girl is interested in and plays with -- which is great for me.
The one aspect that has been on repeat day after day, aside from three feedings and numerous diaper changes, is her favorite cd "The Bottle Let Me Down." The children's project, released by Bloodshot Records, features 26 tracks and many of their artists. A little bit rock, the label itself and the cd is nicely and comfortingly infused with bluegrass, my homegrown country music flavor. Located near Irving Park and Sacramento, Bloodshot records is Chicago-born and boasts several well known names including Kelly Hogan, Jon Rauhouse, Waco Brothers, and Devil in a Woodpile. Neko Case is a Bloodshot member, but not on the album. Whereas Andrew Bird is on the album with Kelly Hogan, but not a member.
The album is catchy, dancey, and fun. I find myself singing along to every song and jamming with the babe daily. We dance together, clap along, and she practices kicking her arms and legs. If this little lady does not become a dancer or join a band, I will have failed miserably at my job!
For all of you who have kids and want some children's tunes that are a little non-traditional, this cd is for you. I plan on making it my accompaniment to all future baby showers.
My favorite tune is Cheese, Peas, Pickles, and Bananas by Nora O'Connor and Steve Frisbie. It's worth your 99 cents.
I hear a little whimpering from the other room . . . so on that note . . .
is there any such thing as a pickle tree?